New cases added to Berkshire County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1761-1917

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Today we’re announcing an update to Berkshire County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1761-1917.  Cases 21,144 –30,601 from years 1901-1917 have been added to the original Berkshire County File Papers collection. This update contains an additional 214,000 file papers.

The database was created from digital images and index contributed to NEHGS by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. The collection contains the records of 30,601 Berkshire County probate cases filed between 1761 and 1917. The probate cases include wills, guardianships, administrations, and various other types of probate records. The cases range in length from one to over 1,000 pages, with a total of over 623,800 individual file papers.

Berkshire County was originally part of Hampshire County and became a separate county in 1761. The Berkshire probate records begin with case number 727.  For information on how to navigate this database, be sure to watch our how-to video.